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Julie Dore

Julie Dore is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Leader of Sheffield City Council since May 2011,[1] on which she represents Arbourthorne.[2] She came into this position in 2000 and in 2008, became Chair of a Council Scrutiny Board. In May 2010, she joined the Shadow Cabinet.[3]

Other positionsEdit

Dore is a Member of the HS2 Growth Task Force. For more than two decades, she worked for a social housing association. For 10 years, she worked in the construction industry.[4]

ControversyEdit

Dore has come into the public spotlight concerning the mass tree felling across Sheffield as part of the controversial Streets Ahead programme. As part of the £2 billion partnership with Amey Plc, up to 10,000 trees across Sheffield are to be felled.[5] Campaigners have alleged that this mass deforestation makes road maintenance and resurfacing cheaper over the 25-year contract, and helps corporate profit at the expense of the environment.[6]

On the 17th November 2016, under Dore's leadership, colleague Councillor Bryan Lodge sanctioned a 4am felling of eight trees from the Rustlings Road area of Sheffield, leading to the arrest of two peaceful protesters, under section 241 of Trade Union Relation Act, a law normally used in the event of industrial action.[7] The tree felling programme has sparked the sign-up of over six thousand members to Sheffield Tree Action Groups (Facebook group) as of March 2017 who are against the mass removal of Sheffield's street tree forest.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Julie Dore". Arts Council. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Arbourthorne Ward". Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ "'Outsider' Julie Dore to lead Labour in Sheffield". The Star. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Councillor Julie Dore". Arts Council. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Sheffield council's tree-felling project pledges to 'regain trust'". BBC News. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Sheffield trees dispute prompts 'scenes you'd expect in Putin's Russia'". Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Dawn tree felling in Sheffield sparks outrage". BBC News. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Sheffield Tree Action Group". Facebook. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Scriven
Leader of Sheffield City Council
2011–present
Incumbent